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Scope of the workshop
Science is exciting, enlightening, complex, fundamental, precise, logical, and creative, all at the same time. However, for the public to get in touch with it and understand why it encompasses all these concepts, efforts need to be made to bridge science and society. With this aim, communication teams at research infrastructures work with a range of methods and channels. They make complex information more tangible and disseminate it as broadly as possible so that the public can understand and be engaged.
This conference aims to be a hands-on forum for communication officers and public relations staff to share their experiences and expertise. The aim is that participants return home with new ideas for their work, by learning how and with which means other research institutions are communicating the importance of science and of research infrastructures to society.
In 2015 we held the first workshop on Public Awareness of Research Infrastructures. Given its success and very positive feedback from the participants, we are now organising the second edition of PARI. PARI2015 was the 10th of a series of events organised by the ERF-AISBL, the European Association of National Research Facilities. We are glad that the EIROforum joined in for the organisation of PARI2017.
European Southern Observatory
200€ (covers coffee breaks, a lunch, and social dinner in Munich's city centre)
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Chair: Terry O’Connor (STFC)
Chair: Sara Fletcher (STFC)
In this keynote presentation I will report on general developments and personal experiences related to science communication. I will in particular present activities developed for ITER, which will probably be the biggest research infrastructure worldwide.
As a multidisciplinary field, science communication has developed remarkably in past years. At practical level, recent evolutions concern social media, museums, communication practices and technology developments. The production of scientific content has also changed as science is now considered as a socially contextualised activity. All these changes are impacting science communication as well.
Also, science communication has gained a lot in the course of the last decades, in terms of institutional recognition, business activities and professional development.
But there also hurdles and threats. While opacity, in a technological society, is dangerous, achieving a genuine transparency is impossible. One can also argue that most research institutions are neither doing science communication nor developing ‘public’ relations in the proper sense. Very few R&D organisations can claim of having a science communication/PR strategy free of arrière-pensées.
Science communication has become a mature and increasingly active field of research over the past twenty years. Brian Trench will review this history and identify some of the key themes and preoccupations, including in current research. He will consider what science communication research says to practice but also what its potential is as a scientific field.
Chair: Hannelore Hämmerle (Max-Planck-Gesellschaft)
Chair: Joseph Piergrossi (European XFEL)
Chair: Oana Sandu (ESO)
Chair: Inês Crespo (Roslin Institute, Uni. Edinburgh)
Chair: Laura Holland (Diamond Light Source, UK)
Chair: Petra Nieckchen (EUROFUSION)
Registration required at https://webapps.frm2.tum.de/indico/event/54/registration/
Chair: Lars Christensen (ESO)